Fourteen-year-old girl victim of assault

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During an assault a 14-year-old girl was grabbed by her ponytail, thrown on the ground and kicked, Craigavon Magistrates Court heard last Wednesday.

Christopher Albert Simpson (28), Drumorgan Court, Hamiltonsbawn, was sentenced to four months in prison for assault occasioning actual bodily harm on August 18.

Concurrent three-month terms were imposed for two assaults on August 19 while he was sentenced to two-month terms, also to run concurrently, for unlawful damage to a watch and necklace, attempting to damage car windows at Glanroy Avenue, Portadown, and attempting to damage a window.

The case had been adjourned for a pre-sentence report.

The court heard that on August 19 at 8.30am police received a report from a hysterical female that her son, the defendant, had “gone mad”.

When police arrived Simpson appeared heavily intoxicated and there was blood on his hands and a cut to his finger.

Police spoke to the mother. The female injured party alleged the defendant had grabbed her by the throat.

A neighbour said Simpson had run at her and grabbed her by the neck. Her husband pulled him away but was grabbed by the shoulder and felt he was going to be assaulted.

Simpson attempted to swing a number of punches at the male injured party but none connected.

The court also heard that the previous day, August 18, Simpson grabbed a 14-year-old girl by the hair, threw her on the ground and began to kick her. He tried to hit her head off a kerb.

A defence barrister said the offences took place in a psychotic episode over a 24-hour period.

He said that Simpson was suffering from grief after the death of his half-sister.

The lawyer said that since he had been dealing with the defendant he found him a very changed human being.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates said his grief did not justify Simpson grabbing her by the ponytail and pulled her to the ground.

This assault certainly justified immediate custody, he said.